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1:35 AM ET, June 6, 2020

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Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
Trump's Public-Relations Army  —  Will the military allow the President to use it for political advantage?  —  The image of Donald Trump leading his advisers to St. John's Church may prove to be a defining one of his Presidency: Trump, passing through streets that had been cleared of protesters by tear gas …
Discussion: New York Times
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Washington Post:
89 former Defense officials: The military must never be used to violate constitutional rights  —  President Trump continues to use inflammatory language as many Americans protest the unlawful death of George Floyd and the unjust treatment of black Americans by our justice system.
Washington Post:
Pentagon disarms guardsmen in Washington, D.C., in signal of de-escalation  —  The Pentagon has told the District of Columbia National Guard and guardsmen from other states who have arrived in the nation's capital as backup to not use firearms or ammunition, a sign of de-escalation …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Fox News
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:   Esper, Milley won't testify before House panel on military response to protests
Washington Post:
How Mattis reached his breaking point — and decided to speak out against Trump
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Barr says he didn't give tactical order to clear protesters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says law enforcement officers were already moving to push back protesters from a park in front of the White House when he arrived there Monday evening, and he says he did not give …
Discussion: The Hill
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Sarah Westwood / CNN:
Former White House chief of Staff John Kelly: ‘I agree’ with Jim Mattis on Trump
Discussion: The Guardian and fox8.com
Heather Long / Washington Post:
A ‘misclassification error’ made the May unemployment rate look better than it is.  Here's what happened.  —  When the U.S. government's official jobs report for May came out on Friday, it included a note at the bottom saying there had been a major “error” indicating that the unemployment rate likely …
Maki Becker / The Buffalo News:
57 members of Buffalo police riot response team resign  —  Police with batons and riot helmets arrive to clear Niagara Square of protestors as the curfew takes effect, Thursday, June 4, 2020.  (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)  —  All 57 of the members of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Axios, Mother Jones and WBFO
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Ali Ingersoll / Investigative Post:
Police crowd-control unit resigns in protest  —  A special squad on the Buffalo Police Department — the Emergency Response Team — has resigned from their posts, according to the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association.  —  The announcement comes one day after two members were suspended without pay …
Wall Street Journal:   Viral Videos From Protests Fuel Broader Debate Over Policing
Donald Trump / Reuters:
Donald Trump orders 9,500 US troops to leave Germany  —  White House says move due to more Nato defence spending, not tensions with Merkel  —  Donald Trump has ordered the US military to remove nearly 9,500 troops from Germany in a move likely to raise concerns in Europe about the US commitment to the region.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Directs U.S. Troop Reduction in Germany  —  The move would reduce the U.S. troop presence in Germany by 9,500  —  President Trump has directed the Pentagon to remove thousands of U.S. troops from Germany by September, U.S. government officials said Friday.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New York Times:   Trump Plans to Withdraw Some U.S. Troops From Germany, a Key NATO Ally
George Conway / Washington Post:
The president's inhumanity is deeper than we knew  —  Just as crises can provide a test of anyone's character, they do so especially with presidents.  We stand burdened with watching a president fail his test, in cataclysmic fashion, and with the nation suffering the consequences.
HuffPost:
As They Scream Voter Fraud, Trump And His Press Secretary May Have Voted Illegally  —  Kayleigh McEnany was living in Washington, but voted in Florida.  Trump used an address he promised Palm Beach officials would not be a residence.  —  WASHINGTON - Even as they both attack the idea of voting by mail …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Federal Agents Release Coronavirus Masks Seized From Black Lives Matter Protesters  —  The U.S. Postal Inspection Service claimed it suspected that boxes of cloth masks meant to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 “contained non-mailable matter.”  —  WASHINGTON ― …
Discussion: GovExec.com, Raw Story and Daily Kos
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
A ‘Glorious Poetic Rage’
Discussion: Mother Jones
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
D.C. Mayor Bowser has ‘Black Lives Matter’ painted on street leading to White House
Associated Press:
Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Friday, setting him up for a bruising challenge to President Donald Trump that will play out against the unprecedented backdrop of a pandemic, economic collapse and civil unrest.
Discussion: Axios and Mediaite
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden clinches Democratic presidential nomination
Discussion: Associated Press
Alan Ryland / POLITICUSUSA:   Former George W. Bush Staffers Create PAC Supporting Joe Biden
Ken Belson / New York Times:
As Trump Rekindles N.F.L. Fight, Goodell Sides With Players  —  The president tweeted to say it was disrespectful to kneel during the national anthem, as Colin Kaepernick and other players began doing in 2016 to protest racial injustice.  N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell then said the league supported players peacefully protesting.
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Jesse Pound / CNBC:
The recovery from the coronavirus sure looks V-shaped, going by these charts  —  The U.S. economy added a record number of jobs in May as it appeared to bounce off the bottom of the coronavirus recession, and now the chart of jobs gains and losses is starting to look like a “V.”
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Tyler Clifford / CNBC:   Jim Cramer: The pandemic led to ‘one of the greatest wealth transfers in history’
Cockburn / Spectator USA:
Why isn't Andrew Sullivan allowed to write his column? … What has happened to New York media?  Just as the New York Times was experiencing its own Inner Mongolia Moment over the now notorious Sen. Tom Cotton ‘Send in the Troops’ op-ed, the Maoists at New York magazine were going after their best columnist, Andrew Sullivan.
Gabrielle Mannino / WCSH:
All swabs will be thrown out following Trump visit, Puritan says  —  As Trump touted increased manufacturing of the coronavirus testing swabs, all in-house during his visit will be thrown out.  —  GUILFORD, Maine — President Donald Trump visited Maine on Friday and toured the Puritan Medical Products facility in Guilford.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Exclusive: He quit his Facebook job because of Zuckerberg's inaction on Trump's posts  —  New York (CNN Business)A Facebook employee who quit the company this week told CNN he is worried the platform will be used to further escalate violence in the United States.
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Eddie Scarry / Washington Examiner:
Ivanka Trump's commencement speech was canceled because social justice is a disease  —  Academia is where the absolute horror called “social justice” multiplies, so it was only predictable that White House adviser Ivanka Trump, daughter of the president, would be the latest casualty of that sick ideology.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Social distancing is over  —  In a few weeks, one of two things will have happened.  Either covid-19 cases will abruptly reverse their decline in some of America's largest cities, and we will know that they were seeded by the days of rage we are living through . . . or they won't.
Discussion: Instapundit
John Frank / The Colorado Sun:
John Hickenlooper violated Colorado's gift ban, state ethics commission rules  —  Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper violated state law when he took a flight aboard a corporate jet owned by a top political donor and accepted transportation in a Maserati limousine at a conference in Italy, an ethics panel ruled Friday.
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Steven Ahle / David Harris Jr:
Democrat John Hickenlooper Held in Contempt After Failing to Comply with Subpoena over Ethics Complaint
The Daily Beast:
New York Times Executives Take Turns Apologizing to Quell Staff Revolt  —  In a tense staff meeting, the paper admitted to inviting Sen. Cotton to write the “Send in the Troops” column, and that it will overhaul the frequently controversial opinion page.  —  The New York Times apologized …
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Alex Ward / Vox:
US Park Police said using “tear gas” in a statement was a “mistake.”  It just used the term again.  —  Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators shooting tear gas next to St. John's Episcopal Church outside of the White House, June 1, 2020 in Washington DC.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Security Concerns Give the White House a Fortified New Look  —  It increasingly resembles a Washington version of the Green Zone that sheltered American and Iraqi officials in Baghdad.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump was furious when news got out last weekend that as protesters gathered outside …
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
‘Kettling’ of Peaceful Protesters Shows Aggressive Shift by N.Y. Police  —  Officers have charged and swung batons at demonstrators after curfew with seemingly little provocation.  The mayor said he would review any reports of inappropriate enforcement.  —  It was about 8:45 p.m. in Brooklyn …
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Dear white people, please read ‘White Fragility’  —  Now that we are engaged in yet another conversation on race, might I recommend Robin DiAngelo's book “White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.”  But if you are white, I implore you to read it.
 
 
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Nick Turse / The Intercept:
Pentagon War Game Includes Scenario for Military Response to Domestic Gen Z Rebellion
Kyle Olson / Breitbart:
Michigan Supreme Court Unanimously Sides with 77-Year-Old Barber over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Saeed Jones / GQ:
Whose Grief?  Our Grief  —  For Saeed Jones, generations collapse …
Taylor Garland / Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:
Black Lives Matter
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Teens have been gassed and hit with rubber bullets at protests. They keep coming back.
Los Angeles Times:
LAPD union decries Garcetti's ‘killers’ comment. He says he wasn't talking about police
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
Molly Crane-Newman / New York Daily News:
Manhattan DA won't prosecute protesters amid mass NYC arrests, commends New Yorkers exercising …
 Earlier Items: 
Harry Enten / CNN:
The Electoral College won't save Trump if this keeps up
Discussion: East Bay Times and Slate
Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Backing for Military Presence at Floyd Protests Declines as Support for Demonstrations Grows
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and New York Post
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Jumaane Williams to de Blasio: ‘You can no longer hide behind your black wife and children’
Discussion: Gothamist
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Leaked document reveals details of federal law enforcement patrolling Washington amid protests
Discussion: New York Times